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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 3 Comments | Updated on May 3, 2013

5 Barriers to and Solutions for Community Renewable Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/5-barriers-solutions-community-renewable-energy/

Community renewable energy has significant political and economic benefits, but is often hindered by five major barriers. Watch this vividly illustrated presentation to learn how communities can overcome the barriers and advance more local renewable energy. ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell gave this presentation as part of a Sustainable Economies Law Center webinar on April… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 3, 2013

Even After Omaha, Communities Cannot Count on CenturyLink For Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/even-after-omaha-communities-cannot-count-centurylink-connectivity

CenturyLink is a massive telephone company struggling to remain relevant as we transition to mobile phones and require connections much faster than DSL delivers. Though the Omaha gigabit announcement may seem to be a monumental shift for this company, it actually is not. It is a blip on the radar – an important blip but… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 2, 2013

Florida City a World Leader in Solar: Episode 8 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/florida-city-world-leader-solar-capita-episode-8-local-energy-rules/

“It’s the only time I’ve done a rate increase when nobody was opposed,” says Ed Regan of the Gainesville utility’s feed-in tariff for solar power.  The program, launched in 2009, has resulted in nearly 15 megawatts of new, local solar energy generation on or near buildings in the northeast Florida town, enough to make it… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 2, 2013

Tullahoma, Tennessee, Latest Inductee to the 1 Gig Club

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tullahoma-tennessee-latest-inductee-1-gig-club

In 2008, the Tullahoma Utilities Board in Tennessee, created LighTUBe. In addition to attracting employers, the FTTH network connects residents and provides smart meter capability. The network now offers 1 gig service to business and residential customers. Andrea Agardy, from the Tullahoma News, covered the story. Residential customers who now purchase the highest tier, 300… Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2013

On Climate, What Walmart Says vs. What It Does

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/climate-walmart-vs/

Walmart has been generating some impressive-sounding headlines on the environment lately. But a closer examination of what Walmart is and isn’t doing reveals a company that in fact lags its peers on renewable energy and is contributing a large and growing volume of climate change pollution to the atmosphere. Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2013

Happy 39th Birthday, ILSR!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/happy-39th-birthday-ilsr/

On the first of May 1974 Neil Seldman, Gil Friend and David Morris self-consciously incorporated the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.   We thought it made for a suitable birthing day. A little history might be in order. Traditionally May Day marked the beginning of spring.  In the Middle Ages it belonged to the workers. No work was done… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2013

Medina County, Ohio, Celebrates Fiber Network Completion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/medina-county-ohio-celebrates-fiber-network-completion

Community leaders in Medina County, Ohio, recently celebrated the completion of the Medina County Fiber Network (MCFN). Loren Grenson of the Medina Gazette reported on the celebratory breakfast event where officials proclaimed, “The monopoly is dead. Long live the fiber loop.” Local businesses already rave about the county owned MCFN, which offers Internet access, data tranport,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 30, 2013

Kentucky Preserves Basic Telephone Protections Despite AT&T Predation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kentucky-preserves-basic-telephone-protections-despite-att-predation

Earlier this year we reported on SB 88 in the Kentucky legislature. The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Paul Hornback and authored by AT&T, would have eliminated the “carrier of last resort” requirement and reduced consumer protections. A similar bill in 2011 was also defeated by a coalition of public interest groups. This is one… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 30, 2013

Kentucky Coalition Takes Down AT&T Bill to Remove Consumer Phone Protections – Community Broadband Bits #44

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kentucky-coalition-takes-down-att-bill-remove-consumer-phone-protections-community-broadband

Episode #44 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast expands on our story exploring a major victory over bad AT&T-driven legislation in Kentucky. We welcome Mimi Pickering of Appalshop and Tom FitzGerald of the Kentucky Resources Council. We discuss why the AT&T-authored bill to gut consumer protections was bad for Kentucky and how a terrific coalition… Continue reading

Lowering Soft Costs Means Big Solar Savings
Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 29, 2013

Soft Costs Make a Bigger Difference as Solar Gets Cheap

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/soft-costs-bigger-difference-solar-cheap/

Last week’s graphic on the impact of local permitting on the cost of solar power was a big hit, so here’s a follow up on “soft costs,” the expenses in a solar installation (including permitting) that are not the solar module.  The chart compares the soft costs in the U.S. to Germany (thanks to LBNL’s… Continue reading